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What is msconfig.exe?

The genuine msconfig.exe file is a software component of Mircosoft Windows by Microsoft.
MSCONFIG short for System Configuration is a troubleshooting system utility for Windows operating systems. Msconfig.exe is a file that runs the MSCONFIG utility, and does not pose a threat to your PC.

MSCONFIG is a system configuration utility that is designed to troubleshoot the Microsoft Windows startup process. It can re-enable an disable device drivers, software, or device drivers that run on startup to help the user determine the cause of a problem with Windows. This utility is also often used to speed up the Microsoft Windows startup process, but is not meant to be used as a startup management program.

Established in 1975 by founders Bill Gates and Paul Allen, the Microsoft Corporation is a leading American technology company headquartered in Redmond, Washington that is known for several innovative products including the Windows series of operating systems, Xbox gaming consoles and Surface tablet PC's. Microsoft slotted in as the world's largest software maker by revenue and most valuable brands in 2016.

MsConfig stands for Microsoft Configuration

The .exe extension on a filename indicates an executable file. Executable files may, in some cases, harm your computer. Therefore, please read below to decide for yourself whether the msconfig.exe on your computer is a Trojan that you should remove, or whether it is a file belonging to the Windows operating system or to a trusted application.

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Msconfig.exe file information

Windows Task Manager with msconfig
Msconfig.exe process in Windows Task Manager

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Description: Msconfig.exe is not essential for the Windows OS and causes relatively few problems. The msconfig.exe file is located in a subfolder of the user's profile folder (usually C:\Users\USERNAME\Drivers\). Known file sizes on Windows 10/8/7/XP are 102,912 bytes (28% of all occurrences), 464,384 bytes and 4 more variants. https://www.file.net/process/msconfig.exe.html 
The application starts upon Windows startup (see Registry key: Run, MACHINE\Run, MACHINE\User Shell Folders, win.ini, RunOnce). Msconfig.exe is not a Windows core file. It is a file with no information about its developer. Msconfig.exe is able to manipulate other programs, record keyboard and mouse inputs and monitor applications. Therefore the technical security rating is 46% dangerous; however you should also read the user reviews.

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Important: Some malware camouflages itself as msconfig.exe, particularly when located in the C:\Windows or C:\Windows\System32 folder, for example TROJ_SPNR.04CI11 or TROJ_GEN.RC1C2IK (detected by TrendMicro), and Rootkit.46615 (detected by BitDefender). Therefore, you should check the msconfig.exe process on your PC to see if it is a threat. We recommend Security Task Manager for verifying your computer's security. This was one of the Top Download Picks of The Washington Post and PC World.

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User Comments

ist das systemkonfig program msconfig
  Frank Wassner  
if it is running you probably launced it yourself. It can be use to manage running processes. Type msconfig in the run dialog box.
  horizen  
this is a worm...virus...
  akhilesh  
msconfig is a cool window utility to manually manage the system processes
  Muhammad Fareed Mehmood  
my bluetooth not on my computer
  luis  

Summary: Average user rating of msconfig.exe: based on 5 votes with 5 user comments. 3 users think msconfig.exe is essential for Windows or an installed application. One user thinks it's neither essential nor dangerous. One user thinks msconfig.exe is dangerous and recommends removing it. One user is not sure about it.


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Best practices for resolving msconfig issues

A clean and tidy computer is the key requirement for avoiding problems with msconfig. This means running a scan for malware, cleaning your hard drive using 1cleanmgr and 2sfc /scannow, 3uninstalling programs that you no longer need, checking for Autostart programs (using 4msconfig) and enabling Windows' 5Automatic Update. Always remember to perform periodic backups, or at least to set restore points.

Should you experience an actual problem, try to recall the last thing you did, or the last thing you installed before the problem appeared for the first time. Use the 6resmon command to identify the processes that are causing your problem. Even for serious problems, rather than reinstalling Windows, you are better off repairing of your installation or, for Windows 8 and later versions, executing the 7DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth command. This allows you to repair the operating system without losing data.

To help you analyze the msconfig.exe process on your computer, the following programs have proven to be helpful: ASecurity Task Manager displays all running Windows tasks, including embedded hidden processes, such as keyboard and browser monitoring or Autostart entries. A unique security risk rating indicates the likelihood of the process being potential spyware, malware or a Trojan. BMalwarebytes Anti-Malware detects and removes sleeping spyware, adware, Trojans, keyloggers, malware and trackers from your hard drive.



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